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Advanced Technological Education Centers (Image 15)

June 11, 2013
A technician enters data into a computer numerical controlled milling machine program module. The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center, is the go-to organization for manufacturing and advanced technical education, best practices and resources that support the high-performance skilled workforce for Florida's manufacturing sectors. Located at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla., FLATE provides exemplary industry partnerships, workforce opportunity and educational synergy throughout the state of Florida by connecting industry and workforce needs with targeted educational endeavors at 10 community and state colleges across Florida. About NSF's ATE Program With an emphasis on two-year colleges, NSF's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-tech fields that drive our nation's economy. ATE involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. ATE supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education. This image appeared in the ATE Centers Impact 2011 report, which was prepared by the ATE centers with support from NSF grant DUE 10-40932, awarded to the Academic and Student Affairs Division of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Credit: Photo from ATE Centers Impact 2011 (www.atecenters.org)

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